Student Amée Dunne (left) and her fiancé Kathryn Nea at the launch of USI campaign: “We have an opportunity to protect our children, who are being bullied for being attracted to someone of the same gender. It’s not right and it’s not fair and it’s not equal.” Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

On a bleak November afternoon, hundreds of students lined up to fill in voter registration forms at a stand in University College Cork (UCC). They smi(...)

Tally counter Rhonda Donaghy  at the RDS count centre. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The capital has voted resoundingly in favour of same-sex marriage, with all constituency results declared. Most constituencies in the city area had a (...)

Linda Cullen and Feargha Ni Bhroan with their twin five-year-old children, Tess and Rosa, after voting in Monkstown polling station, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaigners for same-sex marriage believe the referendum will be carried on the back of high turnouts in urban centres and massive engagement by yo(...)

Minister for Communications  and Labour Party director of elections  Alex White   puts up a poster urging a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Mr White has said there will be ‘no constraint’ on teaching if the referendum passes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Campaigners for the Yes side in the same-sex marriage referendum have said that teaching practices will not change if the vote passes, following claim(...)

Minister for Communications Alex White said: “There is a long way to go until the general election. I’m not going to make the obvious point - but maybe I will: the only poll is the one that takes place next February or March.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The economic recovery is restoring support for Fine Gael quicker than for Labour, but the junior Coalition partner will still see its fortunes improve(...)

Mr Mueller took over as chief executive of south-east Asian carrier, Malaysia Airlines, last week Photograph: Bloomberg

Former Aer Lingus chief executive, Christoph Mueller, is stepping down from the chairmanship of the State’s postal company, An Post. Mr Mueller took o(...)

Kilkenny’s Aoife Neary is tackled by Cork’s Aoife Murray and Gemma O’Connor in 2014’s All-Ireland senior camogie final. The Camogie Association and Ladies Gaelic Football Association both want their finals to be designated on the free-to-air list. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Big sporting drama is set to unfold this summer, not at the Aviva Stadium or Croke Park, but in the in-trays of the Department of Communications.Its r(...)

President Michael D Higgins, with his wife, Sabina, and Joe Duffy, surrounded by pupils of St Patrick’s National School, Ringsend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kay Keogh from Ringsend watched the happy scenes at the church door. The children had been very serious to begin with, concentrating deeply on forming(...)

Dogs and their masters take part in Hounds for Love: a stroll for from Sandymount to the Merrion Gates in support of the Yes Equality Campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  0:45

Tánaiste Joan Burton has claimed some of the posters deployed by the No campaign are “sad and demeaning”.The Labour leader launched her party’s Make I(...)

 Postmasters are to vote on running their own candidates in the next general election. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Postmasters are to back their own candidates in the next General Election after members voted in favour of the move on Sunday at their annual conferen(...)